The British military removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual service members serving openly a decade ago. The ban was lifted quickly, and forces continued their missions with “no notable change at all.” The United Kingdom is among 24 nations that allow open service in their Armed Forces – including Israel, Canada and Australia – the majority of which have troops that have fought along side ours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now British military officials have confirmed that they have advised U.S. officials of how they implemented the policy along with discussing its success, according to a UK-based magazine. As we continue to push our lawmakers to end this policy, these militaries may be the best example for a seamless transition.
Colonel Mark Abraham of the British military told the magazine that the repeal was a non-event and reaffirmed what HRC and our allies have repeatedly told lawmakers here in the U.S.; when service members can be honest about whom they are, they can spend more time focused on their mission.
I sincerely believe that in the coming months, our nation can and will move past this outdated law. Through pressure from the American people and guidance from our allies around the world, we can let our lawmakers know that they must do everything they can to strengthen our military by ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” once and for all.